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  1. The Preds have put together one of the most impressive runs in recent NHL history. Sweeping the Hawks, beating a very good blues team, and now winning without two of their top centers! Even if they don't make it to the finals it has been quite the performance.
  2. http://theprovince.com/sports/hockey/nhl/vancouver-canucks/winterhawks-coach-johnston-insists-potential-first-rounder-glass-isnt-nearly-full-yet Sounds like Glass is very similar to a young Ryan Johansen. If there is any truth to that the Canucks better draft him if he is available.
  3. Exactly. IMO Jake is an even more skilled version of power forward.
  4. McDavid can be shut down. Example being what Boston did to Crosby a few years back. If Sharks can contain him they easily win this series. McDavid probably has one or two big games. Sharks have the advantage in depth, on the blue line and slight in the net. Sharks in 6.
  5. I don't agree with this opinion. Went to the Oilers game the other night. It was entertaining. Aside from the Ottawa game the other games have been at least somewhat entertaining. I wanna see the big Russian in the lineup and I will pay money to see him. Also I wanna see Rodin and if he can play in the NHL. He looked good in the preseason.
  6. Not sure why people think Larsen has been good. Worst plus minus on the team -5. Constantly misses the net and too weak on the puck. Stecher is noticeable out there and makes plays all over the ice.
  7. Since the start of the Gillis era the team identity has stayed similar. With the exception of the one year Torts was here. Skilled Puck possession style, good penalty killing. Hard to play against but not overly physical. I don't see much difference with how Bennings has constructed his group other than being more emphasis on strong character.
  8. The Oilers have the assets to make a deal. They need D badly. Blues need more offense. Yakapov has asked for a trade. Yakapov plus picks or prospects.
  9. Anton Stralman will be back in this series. Stamkos possibly. Headman is the best D man on the planet right now. Tampa can match the Pens speed. Kucheroff has the quickest deadliest release in the league. Tampa in 6.
  10. I've been a fan for about 30 years. This is probably the least interested in hockey I've been since the 90s messier era. Its seems like this season was the perfect storm of issues that are keeping people away. 1. No Canadian teams in the playoffs, and no Stanley cup since 93. Also every series that has gone 7 games the Canadian team lost, and there was some sort of controversial officiating or call involved. 2. Rogers sucks. Not that HNIC was amazing, but it had formula that worked. 3. Very inconstant officiating, and borderline conspiracy stuff. Too many gimmicky things in the game now like 3 on 3 overtime and the shootout. I personally don't see anything wrong with a tie. Suspensions being handed out are a joke. 4. This parity thing is an illusion. Were always being told how balanced the league is, yet its the same big market teams that always win in the playoffs. An LA or Chicago cup win this year would be horrific. 5.The new divisions and wild card system isn't good. The old one was better. 1 vs 8 etc. 6. Here is Van I think the Canucks were decimated by injuries, had a terrible home record and blew too many leads. So that influenced my interest for sure. What I would suggest for the NHL? Not sure. I would love to see bigger ice.
  11. Semin might be worth picking up for the PP and 3 on 3 OT.
  12. So many people in the off season saying that LA improved. My opinion is that LA is actually worse and in trouble. Losing Stoll, Richards, Mitchell, Voyanov and most of all Justin Williams. These players were all very important on their cup winning teams. I know its early in the season... That being said I thought the Canucks would be faster and tougher, but this is better than expected.
  13. Williams is awesome, one the best clutch players of the last decade. Great signing for Washington. Glad we don't have to play him in our division anymore.
  14. Oh great. At least he didn't sign with the Kings.